The Siren of Big Government


With Ash Wednesday we enter the second major cycle of the Christian calendar. And it offers a deeper occasion to meditate on the spiritual underpinnings of the Western tradition. Christmas, although joyous and delightful, can be marred by materialism, not to mention the downright schlocky. Any season that can put out musical offerings like “Grandma got run over by a reindeer” does reinforce the idea that humanity needs a redeemer.

The Lent, Passover and Easter observances (and they are inextricably linked) offer less risk of distraction. We get to focus on the very purpose of our existence. Which is obviously beyond the scope of a dispatch on Unified Patriots. But we can take a look here at the competing idols that have distracted human beings throughout history.

There is little doubt that the cult of Big Government is one of the most enticing idols to come down the pike in a long time. It exudes almost godlike strength, confidence, swagger and power, like a modern day Samson. And just like in the famous Bible story, the passions there invariably outrun wise judgment. When Big Government is inevitably forced to take the proverbial haircut, it collapses in disillusionment and ruin. And then the people come face to face with the discovery of where true strength lies. Clearly, we are now embarked on such a sobering voyage.

It is no accident that the founders of this country, however skeptical they were about organized religion, drew deeply on their spiritual heritage while hammering out the principles of limited government. It is up to today’s patriots to rediscover their work and put America back on the right path.

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March 10, 2011 12:29 am

Good analogy. Yep. They all need butches.

March 10, 2011 7:03 am

I can say, without qualification, that I am willing to give up cowboy poetry festivals…not just for Lent, but for good. 🙂

March 10, 2011 1:56 pm

Glad you wrote about this, Street. I went to Lenten Mass yesterday evening, and my going was more of a result of the “pull” I felt all day vs any sense of obligation. I was glad that I went, because it was definitely a time of reflection, self-examination, yet, still, I came away restored.

This period of time (40 days in the Lenten cycle) is certainly applicable to the broader picture and struggle that our country is engaged in.

Maybe it was not so strange that I felt that tug….